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The first in series Jack Fields and Amber Reyes adventure novel is available at all major e-book retailers.


It’s BBQ season! And what goes better with BBQ anything than potato salad?  How about  potato salad with red and white potatoes, bacon, and blue cheese?  My easy recipe this week is for Red, White & Blue Potato Salad. If you like bacon and blue cheese you are going to love this easy recipe.

This recipe serves 6 to 8 as a side.



1 lb. small red potatoes – skin on

2 lbs. small white potatoes – skin peeled

1 cup green onions – chopped

1 cup blue cheese – crumbled

3/4 C fat free sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

7 strips of bacon

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground pepper

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 cup rice vinegar


Wash red potatoes and place in large pot with water.  Wash and peel white potatoes and add to pot.  Water should be about an inch over the top of the potatoes.  Bring water to boil and then reduce heat to strong simmer/low boil for 12 to 16 minutes ( check with fork to see if done).  Drain the water and run cold water over the potatoes to stop the cooking process.

Fry the bacon.  Place fried bacon on paper towel to soak up excess grease.  Place on chopping block and chop.  Reserve about a quarter of the chopped bacon for topping the potato salad.

In a small bowl mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, pepper, salt, cumin, and rice vinegar.

Cut the potatoes into small 1/2 inch pieces and place in large mixing bowl.  Add green onions, and 3/4 of the bacon. Gently stir and then add the blue cheese and the contents of the small bowl.  Gently stir the salad until thoroughly mixed.

Plate the potato salad and garnish with the reserved bacon (note I thought of this step after taking the photograph).

And there you go, an awesome easy fresh potato salad to go along with your special BBQ main dish.


Not sure I understand social protocol anymore. I’m pretty sure there used to be a general understanding between people as to what was proper. Back in the day it was called social protocol or perhaps on a more basic level common sense.

Common sense isn’t what it used to be. Perhaps it has been dulled by rules. There are rules for virtually everything. In the past there were fire rings on the beaches, which could be used for cooking hot dogs in the day, and warmth at night while enjoying the beach in the evening. Now fire rings are gone, due to the result of a negative impact on air quality. OK, makes sense. But there goes the Frankie and Annette post surfing Beach Parties.

In fact, now there are signs prohibiting a BBQ at the beach and most nearby open spaces. Why? I dunno, probably pollution issues, maybe potential for fires that could spread rapidly in an urban area. OK, I get that, makes sense.

Seems when there were less rules, individual behavior was controlled by common sense, and social protocol. Some things just weren’t done, because it just wouldn’t be proper. Nowadays because of extensive rules, is it possible that a gap between rules and common sense has been created? If there is no sign prohibiting something it must be OK.

I once hired an expert to opine for a jury on the affects of warning labels. His opinion was that when individuals are over bombarded with warnings there is a point of saturation, where the warning not only does no good, it may do harm by reducing the impact of  common sense. Has something similar happened to social protocol? Has the codification of almost everything dulled common sense?

So, if there is no sign, it must be OK to park an RV in front of my home for a three day weekend, and sit on a lawn chair cleaning fish on the grass between the street and sidewalk. And, it goes without saying that since you can’t BBQ at the beach or the adjacent park, it must be OK absent a sign, to BBQ between your van and the car parked behind you, on the street in front of my house. Really, just whip out the good old coal BBQ and fire it up next to the curb. Heck everyone likes the smell of a BBQ, and no issues with pollution or fires from flare ups when you are safely tucked between your gas tank and the engine of the car behind you.

Maybe it’s just a SoCal thing.  But, I’m not going to be the first to roll up to a home in  (insert name of your state), park my RV throw out some lawn chairs and fire up the BBQ. My common sense, and strongly honed survival skills, suggests such a move would not be wise. Then again, if it was wrong, there would be a sign….

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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